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Advocacy 101: Where to start

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 11:20:07 AM

This week, I’ll be attending Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat on the Hill event in Washington, DC.  I started attending years ago, when I worked for a local affiliate in Tennessee, and it remains one of my favorite events of the year.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign, Capital Campaigns, Custom Development Solutions, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, strategic planning

Anatomy of a Comprehensive Annual Campaign

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 11:16:03 AM

Have you recently found yourself in charge of running or developing your organization’s annual fund campaign? Are you looking at ways to bolster your annual support? Do you ever wonder if your organization is pursuing the most effective path to securing annual gifts?

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, annual giving, Capital Campaigns, creative fundraising ideas, direct mail, Fundraising Principles, solicitations, special events

Anniversaries and Capital Campaigns: A Winning Combination

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:54:18 AM

Is your organization celebrating a special anniversary in the near future? Are you considering a capital campaign? If you answered "yes" to both these questions, you have the potential to increase awareness of your organization and its mission and add or upgrade donors and gifts.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaign, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, donors, fundraising tips

Asking for, and Receiving Money!

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:53:13 AM

You’re about to meet a donor that any capital campaign would welcome with open arms. The Rev. Alanson B. Houghton years ago “retired” from the Episcopal priesthood to the coast of South Carolina. There he keeps busy with activities for nonprofit organizations including the YMCA and United Way.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, asking for money, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, fundraising strategy

Back to Basics - Keeping it Personal in an Age of Technology

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 10:52:03 AM

Fundraising is the art of relationship building. People give to people, and people don’t give unless they are asked—that’s Fundraising 101. But in an increasingly technological world, these basic, indelible rules are sometimes forgotten.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, building relationships, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, fundraising 101, Fundraising Principles

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